Solidus Labs’ 2022 Rug Pull report revealed that 8% of all Ethereum (ETH) tokens and 12% of all BNB Chain tokens are rug pull scams.
The report considers knowledge from Jan. 1 to Dec. 1, 2022, and likewise detected over $11 billion price of ETH transactions have been both immediately linked to rip-off tokens or have been included within the cash laundering technique of rug pulls.
This knowledge results in the estimation that 8% of all Ethereum tokens are programmed to execute rug pulls.
Evaluating the publicity to those rip-off tokens, the report additionally revealed that the BNB Chain hosts the best variety of rip-off tokens, with 12% of all BNB Chain tokens being scams.
117,629 rip-off tokens in 2022
The report acknowledges that the business analysis recognized 24 rug pulls in 2021 and 262 in 2022. Nonetheless, Solidus Labs’ good contract scanning software Risk Intelligence recognized over 200,000 rip-off tokens deployed between Sept. 2020 and Dec. 2022.
Risk intelligence detected 83,268 rip-off tokens between Jan. 2021 and Dec. 2021. This quantity recorded a 41% spike within the first 11 months of 2022 and elevated to 117,629.
Bigger affect than FTX
Solidus Labs additionally in contrast the affect of those rip-off tokens with the foremost occasions of 2022, together with the Terra (LUNA) collapse that began the bear market and the FTX fallout.
The outcomes confirmed that 1.93 million buyers had misplaced funds to rip-off tokens, greater than the variety of buyers affected by the Terra and FTX collapses mixed.
Excluding the affect of the rip-off tokens, the FTX collapse had the biggest affect on the business by affecting simply above 1 million buyers. Celsius’ and BlockFi bankruptcies adopted as second and third by affecting 600,000 and 572,000 buyers, respectively.
Contemplating the importance of those numbers, Terra’s collapse nearly seems as a minor disaster because it impacted practically 40,000 buyers.
Based on the report, 99% of those rip-off tokens weren’t detected by conventional approaches. These scams most well-liked to deploy in centralized exchanges (CeFi) and managed to deposit and withdraw funds from 153 totally different CeFi platforms.
The report additionally gives a breakdown of the exchanges in query. Based on knowledge, CeFi exchanges primarily based within the U.S. have the best publicity to rip-off tokens, with round $3,75 billion.
East African nation Seychelles follows because the second with simply above $2 billion, whereas the Bahamas comes third with $500 million.